Wednesday, April 21, 2010

WMRLS ILL is Changing - Training Offered Next Week

Dear WMRLS Member Libraries,

Due to drastic budget cuts, the Regions are merging and ILL is changing. 

Although the major merger changes will happen in July, WMRLS needs to start clearing ILL loans and borrows so that everything for which we are responsible is cleaned up by the end of June.  We expect to stop as an ILL lender in early May and discontinue borrowing on behalf of our libraries around the same time.  We will be transferring the responsibility for handling member ILL title and periodical requests to your new ILL Center at the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy.

The WMRLS ILL office will continue to handle subject requests through May to keep those school projects humming. 

Consequently, to prepare for the changes, we are offering training sessions next week to explain how ILL processes will operate in the new world.  Workshop registration information is at:  Workshops are April 27 and 28 in Lee, WMRLS and Palmer.  Registration is open until late Monday, but we will cancel sessions that are undersubscribed.  We apologize for the short lead time.

We hope to see you next week.

N. Janeen Resnick
Assistant Regional Administrator
Western MA Regional Library System

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